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Delegates Attend National 4-H Conference in Ohio

By Jenna Wegner
UW-RF University Communications

MARCH 3, 2006--Students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls attended the 2006 National Collegiate 4-H Conference in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 23 - 26.  

"Our conference benefited many different organizations in Ohio," said Kyle Fogt, co-coordinator of the conference. "Without the students from UW-River Falls the conference would not have been as successful as it was."

This annual conference brought together nearly 150 collegiate 4-H leaders from college campuses throughout the country. Conference participants learned from their peers and 4-H professionals in a series of intense leadership development workshops, listened to nationally renowned motivational speakers, and engaged in meaningful community service work in Columbus.

The highlight of the weekend was the start of a national service project.   This new initiative was kicked off Saturday, Feb. 25 with volunteer activities benefiting the Memory Project and Ohio University Extension.

Finally, participants listened to renowned guests including Paula Brooks, the commissioner of Franklin County, Ohio, Bobby Moser, dean of the Ohio State University's College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, Bryon Garrett, Collegiate 4-H national advisor, and the Bucket Boys, a nationally-recognized hip-hop percussive duo.

UW-River Falls students who attended the conference included:

Wisconsin:

Clintonville - Heidi Zahn, sophomore, dairy science
Freemont - Darren Danke, senior, agricultural education
Superior - Stephanie Kroseman, sophomore, chemistry

Minnesota:

Gaylord - Elizabeth Meyer, sophomore, history
Glencoe - Crystal Schauer, sophomore, animal science
New Ulm - Crystal Fluegge, junior, animal science
Waldorf - Ashley Gerdts, freshman, marketing communications

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